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Hundreds protest Marbella lockdown

Marbella followed the example of the well heeled Salamanca district of Madrid yesterday when hundreds gathered to protest against the continuing State of Alarm and Prime Minister Sanchez's policies https://www.facebook.com/Ijimenezcabezas/videos/10214048506486774/ Facebook: Immaculada Brujita……

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Coronavirus – Details confirmed for children’s exercise

The kids are almost alright. More than 8.3 million children under the age of 18 have spent the past six weeks of the lockdown in their homes. But they are finally to be allowed out. Health Minister Salvador Illa and Vice President Pablo Iglesias today outlined the conditions, which will come into effect this Sunday, April 26. The main points are that between 9am - 9pm children under 14 will…

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Coronavirus – 440 fatalities as lockdown extended again

The lockdown goes on. The Congress of Deputies has confirmed the extension to the state of emergency, which will remain in force until the May 10 Pedro Sánchez stressed that this is the third time he is calling for such an extension from the Lower House of Parliament but the first time it is being proposed with a "cautiously optimistic" future scenario in sight. The Prime Minister commented…

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Government U Turns on confinement for kids

Spain's coalition government quickly updated a proposed policy on the relaxation of confinement measures for children in a matter of hours yesterday. The original announcement that children would only be allowed out to accompany adults to the supermarkets and farmacias -was rejected by political parties and met with a storm of indignation on social media. On Tuesday evening Health Minister…

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BREAKING NEWS. No parks or walks allowed but supermarkets OK for children, says Government

I'm going to use a technical term here. The Spanish government have just unveiled one of the greatest "What the actual f**k" moments of the lockdown. To the relief of many millions of parents, plus child psychologists and health professionals that were worried about the effect of keeping youngsters in lockdown, the government announced that they would be allowing children outside from April 27.…

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British Embassy to hold a coronavirus virtual drop-in session

The British Embassy in Madrid is holding a virtual drop-in session for UK nationals resident in Spain its Facebook page this Wednesday, April 22. (www.facebook.com/britsinspain). As we are all working from home at the moment, the embassy is not able to do a Facebook Live Q&A. Instead, it aims put up a post inviting questions on Facebook at 1pm tomorrow and until 5pm followers will be able…

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Coronavirus fatalities fall beneath 400 barrier

The latest figures from the Health Ministry on Monday saw the number of daily coronavirus deaths fall to 399, the lowest since March 22 when there were 394. Although the figures have to be viewed with caution - thus far we have seen an under reporting of statistics from the regions at weekends and on public holidays, the number of hospitalisations and intensive care admissions were also down,…

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Sunday Morning Mutterings – losing it on Lockdown

How are you all doing out there? Now that this lockdown lark has turned from a quaint novelty to monotonous slog, how are you handling all that time you have on your hands. It’s been an interesting couple of weeks in Marbella. It seems that most of the population has resorted to live streaming their activities. Every time I switch on social media my phone pings with invitations to yoga sessions,…

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BREAKING NEWS – Coronavirus deaths pass 20,000

Spain reached another grim milestone on Saturday as the Health Ministry reported there have been 20,043 deaths due to Coronavirus in Spain. The figure was 565 deaths in the past 24 hours. Another cause for concern was the fact that the curve downwards does not seem to be continuing. Over the past few days the number of fatalities has been 551 on Thursday, 523 on Wednesday, 567 on Tuesday and…

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EWE got to be kidding! Marbella resident breaks lockdown with SHEEP

A Marbella resident was left feeling a little sheepish when he was caught by the Guardia Civil taking a sheep for a walk through an urbanization in the town. In addition to not having a valid reason for taking his sheep for a walk, the Guardia Civil found that the man did not have the necessary identification or health documents for the animal. The man has since been denounced for…

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On The Ball! – Marbella FC stars help local charity

Footballers in the UK may be coming under criticism for their response to the coronavirus crisis, but Marbella FC's players were quickly on the ball to help out when asked. The club, together with the Marbella FC Foundation and the first team players, launched an initiative to help the needy by the Covid-19 pandemic and today donated and 3000 kilos of basic necessities to Marbella charity…

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Coronavirus causes huge unemployment rise in Marbella

Empty beaches and closed boutiques, restaurants and bars. Coronavirus is not just a medical disaster. Marbella is suffering with its tourist industry shut down and with most other economic activity paralysed. Since the lockdown began the town has witnessed the greatest loss of employment since 2003. More than 5,000 jobs have been lost as a result of the measures to stop the expansion of…

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Coronaviris – Government distributes more health material as lockdown eases

Spain started a gradual relaxation of the lockdown laws today. A noticable rise in traffic on the roads around Marbella this morning confirmed that certain sectors, such as construction, were back at work. Face masks were handed out by the authorities at several locations, part of the 5,512,538 face masks that were delivered to the regional health authorities, giving a total number of face…

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Town Hall and Private donations enable Helicopteros Sanitarios to test

A combination of public and private donations have enabled Helicopteros Sanitarios Hospital to aquire 3000 COVID rapid test kits These kits being used to carry out rapid tests of the Covid-19 to users, professionals and volunteers of the five nursing homes and the center of the association for people with disabilities Aspandem. The president of Helicópteros Sanitarios Hospital, María José…

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Coronavirus – fatalities fall again through Spain but Malaga sees increase.

The death toll has fallen again. In the latest figures released by the Health Ministry on Saturday, the number stood at 510. This is the lowest number since the 462 fatalities of March 23, and appears to confirm a downward trend following the April 2 peak of 950 fatalities. In Malaga, however, the number rose with 16 deaths reported up from seven on Friday. The trend is still downwards, with a…

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Coronavirus – numbers rise again but trend is down

As widely expected, Spain recorded 743 coronavirus deaths in the past 24 hours, according to the latest Health Ministry figure, the first rise in daily deaths in four days. The number was expected given that there has been an underreporting of figures on Sundays and Mondays since the beginning of the crisis. There were 637 coronavirus deaths reported on Monday, the lowest daily death toll…

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Coronavirus – number falls again

We may be over the worst of it. Monday's Press Briefing in Madrid saw the lowest total of fatalities from coronavirus - 637 - since March 24. This follows 674 Covid-19-related deaths on Sunday, and 809 on Saturday. The steady decrease suggests that the confinement measures are finally having an effect on the number of victims. Dr María José Sierra from the Health Ministry’s Coordination…

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Sunday Morning Mutterings – Lockdown and Out

So now we know that the the State of Emergency – or should I say Alarm, which is Level 1 – will continue to the end of the month. On the basis of the past two weeks I don’t know what Level 3 is but am pretty sure that resembles the game “Statues” from my 70s childhood. You have to stand frozen on the spot until the State of Emergency is lifted. Otherwise the forces of law and order have…

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Coronavirus. The numbers drop but the state of alarm goes on

The Good News First - Spain has seen a drop in the number of people dying from COVID-19 for the second day in a row. The number of deaths related to coronavirus now stands at 11,744 - up from 10,935 the previous day. The 809 extra deaths in the last 24 hours was down from 932 on Friday, and the lowest number of daily deaths seen in seven days And now the Bad News Prime Minister Pedro…

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Spanish authorities list accomodation options for stranded Brits

The Spanish authorities have published a list of hotels and short-stay accommodation that will remain open during the state of emergency. Whilst mainly intended for workers, they will also be available for tourists who have been unable to return home and include the BlueBay Banus in Marbella (pictured). British Ambassador Hugh Elliott said: “This is a very difficult time for British nationals who…

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Sunday Morning Mutterings – Lockdown Lowdown

If you read my previous Sunday Morning Mutterings, you will remember, probably with a shudder, that in my (admittedly peculiar case) one of the side effects of the coronavirus outbreak has been the fact that I can’t get cheesy pop songs out my head. At the beginning of the outbreak it was ‘My Corona’ sung to the tune of ‘My Sharona’ by The Knack. And since the announcement of the…

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